Amy's Insatiable Desire - Nissan 350Z 'Fairlady'
FEATURED INSTALL : Jan 2015. Car modifying certainly isn't just for the boys. Amy Slade's Nissan is the seventh car to benefit from Amy's insatiable desire to be queen of car modifying culture and she and the 350Z have become a very familiar sight at shows the length of the country, where you'll find her most weekends. It's almost an addiction she has to breathing magic into cars, and it has already lasted for over a decade and brought a stash of awards for the lass from Hertfordshire.
A video executive for a holiday company, Amy spends every moment away from work with her pride and joy, a 2004 Nissan 350Z roadster. And her enthusiasm was recently rewarded with sponsorship from the car audio company Clarion, so now her latest passion not only looks a stunner but sounds the part too. The Nissan now sports a custom-designed multimedia Clarion system, with an audio/DVD touch-screen unit in the dashboard that also handles navigation, a TV tuner, digital DAB tuner, and the system linked by Bluetooth to Amy's iPhone (sprayed to match the Nissan's bodywork!) to stream her mobile music library.
In terms of looks, she's quite a stunner... yes Amy too, but we're talking about the 350Z here boys, remember?! As you soon guess, Amy doesn't do 'standard', and one look at the fresh pale blue paint finish proves the point, adding a classy uniqueness that's a million miles from the original, staid silver grey metallic. The Nissan soft-top veritably gleams with pride and oozes history because it's no ordinary blue, as Amy explains.
"It's actually the same paint colour as Nissan's first true sports car, the Datsun Fairlady - that was launched fifty years ago, and I thought it would be nice to celebrate the 50th anniversary on my 350Z," she says. A nice nod to its 'heritage' is the authentic 'Fairlady' boot badge - now found on 350Z import models - that Amy hunted down.
The Nissan's standard alloys are gone, replaced by larger and more dramatically styled replacements colour-keyed to the bodywork and fitted with new, ultra high performance tyres donated by Yokohama. The conservatively shaped front and rear of the car were next to receive some serious attention from Amy, replaced with beautifully eyecatching parts sourced from Japan, as was the bonnet now adorned with fashionable vents and scoops. Side skirts complete the makeover.
Amy's love of personal expression and her eye for detail carries through to the interior, where amidst a fully re-trimmed interior - including white and blue leather seats - Clarion's state of the art mobile entertainment products provide a fitting audio-visual treat. The car's loudspeaker system was discarded in favour of Clarion drivers front and rear, with two Clarion power amplifiers carefully hidden out of sight but very much to the fore when the audio system fires up.
Another nice touch of individuality is the tiny camera hidden in the rear number plate. This relays a video feed to another screen in the dashboard to aid reversing. And the story continues - like they say, a woman's work is never done, and Amy is far from resting on her laurels. She's now turning her attention to further modification, having recently won a Bilstein modified suspension system in a competition.
You can follow Amy's progress on Facebook: Amy Slade, and Twitter: @SladeAmy - and for full details of Clarion's products and their on-line store, visit www.clarion.co.uk